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Vellayani Lake

Vellayani Lake

Sprawled over 750 hectare, Vellayani is a fresh water lake, also regarded as one of the rain-fed fresh water lagoon in the state of Kerala. This beautiful lake renders the visitors a scenic view as the lake is enveloped with the natural beauty, greener all it’s around. The lake is just at 9 km drive from Thiruvananthapuram. Vellayani Lake is a rich storehouse of flora and fauna and this bionetwork helps the people in earning their livelihood. The lake also house to several species of wetland birds that includes migratory birds as well.

In compliance with the legends, the lake was introduced through the meditation of the saint, under a Banyan Tree at the very place. It is believed that one day a beggar came to him for some water and with his nearly empty pot of water; he just pored the water in his palms while reciting a prayer he threw it on the ground, as far as he could. And then the land just turned into a lake.

There are two famous temples on the each bank of the river. It is also believed that till 1953, the lake had the cultivation of the lotus flowers only for the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.However, later on it was decided that the water has to be used extensively for drinking and irrigational purposes. The lake is accessible even through by a traditional country boat from Kovalam beach. The charges of the boat per person are around Rs 500.

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